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City lawmakers from southwest Louisville are praising Mayor Greg Fischer’s decision to fund construction of the Southwest Regional Library in his latest city budget proposal.

The $9.5 million bond for the library is the largest expenditure in the mayor’s capital budget and the only proposed bond. It follow’s up a $500,000 allocation the mayor made last year to begin the design phase of the long-planned project.

The library foundation will also give the city $3.5 million for the facility.

“Some other mayors that weren’t quite as committed to what’s going on in the Southwest may have made the decision to cut this for this year, push it off to next year, put it off a couple years,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-25, after noting that Fischer has long talked about a need to cut city spending and bring expenditures in line with revenues. “I think it’s a bold move for the mayor and it’s one the residents in Southwest Louisville certainly appreciate.”

The bond will take 20 years to pay off, but with the city currently renting space, Blackwell says it makes sense to bond the project. [click to continue…]

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Council Votes to Continue Payments to University Hospital

by Gabe Bullard December 15, 2011

Click here for all of our coverage on this issue. The Louisville Metro Council will continue contributing money to indigent care at University of Louisville Hospital. The city gives about $9.6 million to the hospital every year to care for the poor. Earlier this week, four members of the Budget Committee tabled a payment to […]

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Fischer Again Invites Council Over for Breakfast

by Gabe Bullard December 9, 2011

Once again, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the Metro Council to his house for breakfast. As mayor-elect last year, Fischer invited all 26 council members to his house. However, plans were updated when Fischer was reminded that any meeting with a quorum of council members is technically be a public meeting subject to open […]

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Occupy Demonstrators Address Metro Council

by Devin Katayama December 8, 2011

Several Occupy Louisville demonstrators attended Thursday night’s Metro Council meeting and addressed the council on a different issues affecting area residents. Demonstrators got up one after the other and tackled issues that have previously been discussed in Occupy Louisville general assembly meetings. Some spoke of the school district’s student assignment plan, others of pollution near […]

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Consulting Firm Makes Transparency Recommendations to Louisville Metro Council

by Devin Katayama November 14, 2011

A consulting firm has made recommendations to the Louisville Metro Council to increase transparency and accountability in discretionary spending. The council hired Mountjoy Chilton Medley for nearly $10,000 to review its policies and procedures in response to reports of questionable spending earlier this year. The report was presented to the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee […]

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Metro Council Committee Set to Vote on Support for Louisville-Lexington Economic Super Region

by Gabe Bullard November 14, 2011

The Metro Council will express its support for the so-called economic super region between Louisville and Lexington tomorrow.

The Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, or BEAM, is a partnership between the two cities organized with help from the Brookings Institution and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Its goal is to create an atmosphere in which the cities can work together to attract jobs, mostly in the manufacturing sector.

But BEAM is little more than a concept—a well-funded concept—at this point. It has a leader in former Louisville Arena Authority chairman Jim Host, and a board and direction are expected to begin forming next week.

Despite the uncertainty, every member of the Metro Council has signed on as a cosponsor to a resolution supporting BEAM. Majority caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt says council President Jim King wants both Louisville and Lexington governments to express early support for the BEAM concept.

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Candidates Begin Filing for Council Elections

by Gabe Bullard November 14, 2011

Eight District Councilman Tom Owen isn’t surprised another Democrat wants to unseat him. “No one filed for the seat four years ago in either the primary or the general election. I certainly did not assume that I would draw a bye again,” he says. Filing for the 2012 elections began last week. Community activist Curtis […]

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Safety Violations in KY Mines, Transparency in Contracts between Public Workers & Metro Government, College-Readiness in JCPS Students, Infant Mortality in West Louisville: Afternoon Review

by Laura Ellis September 28, 2011

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited five Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. An ordinance supported by the majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats would exempt the cost of contracts between public workers and Metro […]

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Metro Council Districts 7, 16 and 17 Release Proposed District Maps

by Devin Katayama September 22, 2011

New proposed maps of Louisville Metro Council Districts 7, 16 and17 have been released to the public. Last night around 40 community members showed up at a regional-district meeting, said minority caucus spokesman Steve Haag. A few community members were concerned about the new district lines, but many people just wanted to understand the redistricting […]

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Redistricting Picks Up, Maps Ready For Public

by Devin Katayama September 19, 2011

Louisville Metro Council’s ad hoc Committee on Redistricting has finished drawing final drafts of 26 district maps and will soon take them public. Six regional meetings are being scheduled to reflect the committee’s confidence in the map released at the final committee meeting on Monday. The county attorney said the drafts are compliant under the […]

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